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Music and Orientalism in the British Empire, 1780s-1940s: Portrayal of the East

Music and Orientalism in the British Empire, 1780s-1940s: Portrayal of the East (Hardback)

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Filling a significant gap in current scholarship, the fourteen original essays that make up this volume individually and collectively reflect on the relationship between music and Orientalism in the British Empire over the course of the long nineteenth century. The book is in four themed sections. 'Portrayal of the East' traces the routes from encounter to representation and restores the Orient to its rightful place in histories of Orientalism. 'Interpreting Concert Music' looks at one of the principal forms in which Orientalism could be brought to an eager and largely receptive - yet sometimes resistant - mass market. 'Words and Music' investigates the confluence of musical and Orientalist themes in different genres of writing, including criticism, fiction and travel writing. Finally, 'The Orientalist Stage' discusses crucial sites of Orientalist representation - music theatre and opera - as well as tracing similar phenomena in twentieth-century Hindi cinema. These final chapters examine the rendering of the East as 'unachievable and unrecognizable' for the consuming gaze of the western spectator.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyAsian historyHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean historyBritish & Irish historyMusic & DanceDanceMusic reviews & criticismMusic & DanceMusic BooksMusic & DanceMusic BooksMusic: styles & genresWestern "classical" music Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd Publication Date: 01/01/2007 ISBN-13: 9780754656043  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Martin Clayton is Senior Lecturer in Music at the Open University, UK. He has written on topics including rhythm and metre, the history of comparative musicology, and musical encounters between India and the West. His publications include Time in Indian Music (2000), The Cultural Study of Music (co-editor, 2003) and Music, Time and Place (2007). Bennett Zon is Reader in Music, Director of the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Music and Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University. He has published The English Plainchant Revival (1999), Music and Metaphor in Nineteenth-Century British Musicology (2000) and Representing Non-Western Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain (2007). Zon is General Editor of Nineteenth-Century Music Review and the Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain book series.

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